I am reading a local paper, and it says:
-Her lover was killed. Will she follow in his footsteps？ She didn't. To date, at least.
A friend of mine told me DIDN'T should be HAVEN'T, because TO DATE means up to now, but I'm not sure: if the writer's underlying meaning is 'she didn't, at least before the last time I HAD any news from her', then it stands to reason to use the past tense or past perfect. Do you agree?
It can't be HAVEN'T because it is 'she', which is third person singular.
-Her lover was killed. Will she follow in his footsteps？ She HASN'T. To date, at least.
I disagree with Farmer and Neologist. Someone will have to convey this revelation to the academic, Farmerman.
HADN'T isn't possible to my mind because the time described is 'to date' which equals 'up to now' which is the province of the present perfect, "she hasn't followed in his footsteps up to the present time".